Innisdale Secondary School Named Canada's 16th Fair Trade School!

May 11th, 2017 | Barrie, Ontario Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario has become the 16th Fair Trade School in Canada and the third Fair Trade School in Ontario. 

The initiative to promote the Fair Trade movement and strive for Fair Trade School designation began in 2015, as an initiative of Grade 12 students in the Equity & Social Justice class taught by teacher Eleanor Alexander. The drive has carried on with the enthusiastic participation of the students of the Social Justice club and their lead staff advisor Tracey Aylesworth. Students wearing giant banana costumes have organized displays in the school hallways to promote Fair Trade, staff have enjoyed Fair Trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and everyone has learned more during special evening events organized by the Social Justice Club. Banquets organized by the Hospitality classes now feature Fair Trade coffee so that visiting community members will also enjoy supporting Fair Trade.

“Congratulations Innisdale Secondary School on becoming the 16th Fair Trade School in Canada and the first school in Simcoe County. Following in the footsteps of the City of Barrie, who has been a Fair Trade Town since 2010, the school is educating the community on the importance of gender equality, fair wages, and safe working conditions for farmer and producer across the globe. Hats off to everyone who made this great achievement possible!” Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network

Essential to the success of the school’s efforts has been collaboration with the local advocacy group Fair Trade Barrie. Devoted campaigner Bruce Morton has visited the school on numerous occasions to support educational efforts and work with student leaders. Future plans for the school’s Fair Trade steering committee include working to expand the variety of Fair Trade products offered within the school.

"What a great achievement for Innisdale Secondary School! Becoming Canada's 16th Fair Trade School, you show you support and solidarity towards farmers and workers in the Global South, and you send the message to your entire community that fair trade is a powerful tool for social, economic, political and environmental change. Congratulations!" Loïc de Fabritus, Project Manager, Association québécoise du commerce équitable

“What a pleasure to be able to congratulate Innisdale Secondary School on becoming a Fair Trade School two days ahead of World Fair Trade Day! The School joins an ever growing movement as Canada’s 16th Fair Trade School but more importantly they are now part of a big international family! It is great to witness their engagement towards fair deals for Fairtrade producers of the Global South!” – Mélissa Dubé, Outreach and Marketing Manager, Fairtrade Canada